SEAT Leon Cupra 300 on the way with 4WD ST version

The facelifted SEAT Leon Cupra will get 296bhp, and the ST estate model will get four-wheel drive.

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SEAT has confirmed that a new version of the Leon Cupra is on the way, with the 290 becoming the 300. It is expected to arrive in May 2017 and get a power hike up to 296bhp, up from the current car’s 286bhp.

The brand has also confirmed that the ST estate version will be available with four-wheel drive for the first time, matching the VW Golf R Estate’s powertrain exactly. That car manages a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds, so we can expect similar numbers for the new hot Leon estate

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There’s likely to be a number of other updates for the new Leon Cupra range, carried over from the recently-facelifted Leon range. That means a new front bumper and grille design, plus new LED lights and an updated eight-inch touchscreen display for the cabin.

There are no changes to the updated Leon’s chassis, but we’d expect a new set-up for the four-wheel drive model to take advantage of the additional grip provided by the extra driven wheels.

Auto Express understands that there won’t be a four-wheel drive version of the hatchback Cupra though, as the Haldex four-wheel drive system has only been developed for the Leon X-Perience model, also an estate, so far. The system is the same on the new Cupra model.

We expect the new Cupra range to arrive in May 2017, costing from around £29,000, with the new four-wheel drive ST likely starting at a pricier £32,000 – undercutting the Golf R Estate.

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